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Libya: 31 refugees drown off Libya trying to reach Europe

26th Nov 2017
Libya: 31 refugees drown off Libya trying to reach Europe

By Mehmet Nuri Ucar

 

TRIPOLI, Libya (AA): At least 31 refugees who were trying to cross to Europe from Libya drowned on Saturday, a Libyan military spokesperson said.

Capt. Ayoub Qasim, Libyan Naval Forces spokesman, told Anadolu Agency that coast guard teams reached the bodies of 31 refugees east of the capital Tripoli.

 

200 others were rescued by the coastguard .

The boat carrying the refugees had left the Libyan coast on Friday night, but sunk while it was trying to reach Europe, he added.
Qasim said that there were children among the victims and all the refugees were African nationals.

 

The migrants were on two boats off the coast near Garabulli, east of Tripoli, one of which had already sunk when the coastguard arrived at the scene.

According to the UN, nearly 151,000 refugees entered Europe by the Mediterranean so far in 2017, compared to some 335,000 by this point period last year.

Over 19,000 migrants have been rescued or intercepted in Libyan waters so far in 2017, according to the UN.

 

Additional report by The Muslim News

 

[Archive Photo: Migrants off  the Libya coast on 6 June 2015. Photographer: Hazem Turkia/AA]

 

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